Working Cities Lowell Initiative
The Working Cities Lowell Initiative is a collective impact partnership working with all residents and business owners to improve the Acre neighborhood of Lowell. The partnership formed with funding administered from the Working Cities Challenge grant program through the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Our partners chose the Acre as our target neighborhood because the of the high levels of poverty and diversity.
The Acre Neighborhood of Lowell
The historic neighborhood of Lowell MA has served as a gateway to the City of Lowell and the United States as a whole. From the beginning, immigrants from Ireland settled here to work in the textile mills. From there French Canadian and Greek immigrants called the Acre their home. Now, many immigrants from Latin American and Southeast Asian countries live here
The Problem: The Acre has a poverty rate of 45.5%.
The Acre is one of the Lowell’s most ethnically diverse neighborhoods with the largest concentration of subsidized housing units in the city (an estimated 1,100 out of a total of 1,400 units in the neighborhood). This combined makes the Acre one of the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods
Our Shared Results
Connect to Resources
Lowell has many resources to help individuals, families, and business owners accomplish their goals. Whether you need housing, a job/career, financial assistance, or even want to volunteer, there are organizations in Lowell that you connect with